716th Infantry Division Re-enactment Group

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716th Infantry Division Re-enactment Group This is the page for the WWII German re-enacting group portraying the 716th Infantry Division. We are based out of the Midwestern US.

We are a group of historians and re-enactors, and purely not a political or ideological group. We are a WWII German re-enacting unit based out of the Midwestern US. We are strictly non-political, and do not endorse nor tolerate any ideologies from the Third Reich. We are students of history who try to teach the public about the common soldier of WWII. We are always accepting new recruits.

Right now in Rockford, IL
30/09/2023

Right now in Rockford, IL

2 members of the 716th train how in to disable a tank using a Tellermine 35.
24/09/2023

2 members of the 716th train how in to disable a tank using a Tellermine 35.

A member of the 716th takes a moment to rest, catch his breath, and take a swig of water while at the Kursk immersion ev...
22/09/2023

A member of the 716th takes a moment to rest, catch his breath, and take a swig of water while at the Kursk immersion event earlier this year.

Men of the 716th cook a quick meal over fire while at the Rockford, IL event.
27/08/2023

Men of the 716th cook a quick meal over fire while at the Rockford, IL event.

Men of the 716th acclimate themselves to fighting in hedgerows.
08/08/2023

Men of the 716th acclimate themselves to fighting in hedgerows.

Some small arms on display as part of the 716th’s display at the Marengo, IL display.
23/07/2023

Some small arms on display as part of the 716th’s display at the Marengo, IL display.

Men of the 716th show off weapons and ordnance used by the Wehrmacht at the Marengo Day in the Park festival.
09/07/2023

Men of the 716th show off weapons and ordnance used by the Wehrmacht at the Marengo Day in the Park festival.

If anyone in Northern Illinois is interested, members of the 716th will be set up at the Day in the Park Festival in Mar...
07/07/2023

If anyone in Northern Illinois is interested, members of the 716th will be set up at the Day in the Park Festival in Marengo, IL tomorrow. We will be set up from 2:00-6:00.

Nothing like a bit of Ersatzkaffee to start your day!
27/06/2023

Nothing like a bit of Ersatzkaffee to start your day!

2 members of GR 726 smile for the camera while retreating from Colleville.
11/06/2023

2 members of GR 726 smile for the camera while retreating from Colleville.

An interesting photo of the aftermath of fighting on D-Day. This was taken in June, 1944 at Grandcamp-les-Bains, which w...
09/06/2023

An interesting photo of the aftermath of fighting on D-Day. This was taken in June, 1944 at Grandcamp-les-Bains, which was defended by 3rd Kompanie, GR 726 of the 716th Infantry. Of interest is the MG position, which is a French Reibel mle. 1931. This shows the kind of second-rate weaponry that the real 716th was outfitted with.

2 Soldaten of GR 726 share news from the homefront.
08/06/2023

2 Soldaten of GR 726 share news from the homefront.

2 members of GR 726 who were lucky enough to escape the onslaught of June 6th continue the fight in hedgerow country.
28/05/2023

2 members of GR 726 who were lucky enough to escape the onslaught of June 6th continue the fight in hedgerow country.

A member of the 716th takes a rest of a Tobruk constructed from a repurposed Renault turret.
10/05/2023

A member of the 716th takes a rest of a Tobruk constructed from a repurposed Renault turret.

A member of the 716th enjoys a moment of peace and quiet, and wonders what tomorrow might bring.
29/04/2023

A member of the 716th enjoys a moment of peace and quiet, and wonders what tomorrow might bring.

A cool then/now photo of the area of Bernieres-sur-Mer (on Juno Beach) showing POWs of 5th Kp, GR 736. You can see WN 28...
03/04/2023

A cool then/now photo of the area of Bernieres-sur-Mer (on Juno Beach) showing POWs of 5th Kp, GR 736. You can see WN 28 in the background of each photo.

Men of the 716th advance on Allied positions. Spring, 1945.
26/03/2023

Men of the 716th advance on Allied positions. Spring, 1945.

The story of Helmut Roemer, who served with GR 736 and helped defend Pegasus Bridge.:
22/03/2023

The story of Helmut Roemer, who served with GR 736 and helped defend Pegasus Bridge.:

The first German soldier to face Allied forces on D-Day remembers the invasion, surrender and his time as a prisoner of war.

2 Soldaten of GR 726 lay a hasty mine field to slow the advance of Allied armor in the days following D Day.
19/03/2023

2 Soldaten of GR 726 lay a hasty mine field to slow the advance of Allied armor in the days following D Day.

The determined look of a young Landser.
24/02/2023

The determined look of a young Landser.

Men of the 716th use a brief pause to cook up a meal of canned meat on the Estbit stove.
19/02/2023

Men of the 716th use a brief pause to cook up a meal of canned meat on the Estbit stove.

A photo of the real 716th. These men were captured on D Day at Courseulles sur Mer by the Canadians, and are awaiting tr...
08/02/2023

A photo of the real 716th. These men were captured on D Day at Courseulles sur Mer by the Canadians, and are awaiting transport to POW camps in England. A few cool little details are the helmet with chicken wire, the HBT uniform (as opposed to wools) worn by the enlisted man in the center, and the fact that the officer on the left only has a wound badge for his awards.

A Soldat of GR726 keeps a watchful eye for Allied paratroopers.
04/02/2023

A Soldat of GR726 keeps a watchful eye for Allied paratroopers.

An MG-42 gunner of the 716th takes a quick sip of water while keeping an eye out for movement.
29/01/2023

An MG-42 gunner of the 716th takes a quick sip of water while keeping an eye out for movement.

Soldaten of the 716th take a moment to enjoy whatever food that can be found locally.
19/01/2023

Soldaten of the 716th take a moment to enjoy whatever food that can be found locally.

78 years ago today, the Battle of the Bulge began. Pictured is a Gr W 34 crew of the 716th while at the Peoria IL Battle...
16/12/2022

78 years ago today, the Battle of the Bulge began. Pictured is a Gr W 34 crew of the 716th while at the Peoria IL Battle of the Bulge event.

A Soldat of the 716th takes a moment to reflect and remember better times.
06/12/2022

A Soldat of the 716th takes a moment to reflect and remember better times.

Happy Thanksgiving from the 716th!
24/11/2022

Happy Thanksgiving from the 716th!

3 Kameraden of the 716th while at the Lockport, IL WWII Days event.
21/11/2022

3 Kameraden of the 716th while at the Lockport, IL WWII Days event.

Happy Veterans Day from the 716th!
11/11/2022

Happy Veterans Day from the 716th!

An interesting photo from 1994 that shows 716th veteran Franz Gockel with a cross that he made to commemorate his fallen...
01/11/2022

An interesting photo from 1994 that shows 716th veteran Franz Gockel with a cross that he made to commemorate his fallen Kameraden in GR 726 of the 716th. The cross was placed near the site of WN 62, where he fought on D-Day. The cross was defaced several times, and eventually stolen.

An MG-42 gunner of the 716th nervously smiles for the camera, as he knows that it’s a matter of time before the Amis com...
29/10/2022

An MG-42 gunner of the 716th nervously smiles for the camera, as he knows that it’s a matter of time before the Amis come. Thanks to Matt LeMasters for the photo!

Angriff!
23/10/2022

Angriff!

An exhausted grenadier ponders where the Luftwaffe has been during the opening days of the Battle for Normandy.
09/10/2022

An exhausted grenadier ponders where the Luftwaffe has been during the opening days of the Battle for Normandy.

In the days following D Day, a member of the 716th confidently moves forward armed with a Panzerfaust Klein.
01/10/2022

In the days following D Day, a member of the 716th confidently moves forward armed with a Panzerfaust Klein.

An MG-42 crew of the 716th takes a pause in fighting while attempting to defend a crossroad. Rockford, 2022.
26/09/2022

An MG-42 crew of the 716th takes a pause in fighting while attempting to defend a crossroad. Rockford, 2022.

Rockford, 2022
25/09/2022

Rockford, 2022

A Soldat keeps a close eye while defending a bridge near Port-en-Bessin on June 7, 1944.
17/09/2022

A Soldat keeps a close eye while defending a bridge near Port-en-Bessin on June 7, 1944.

The 716th will be at Rockford in less than two weeks. Will you be there?
14/09/2022

The 716th will be at Rockford in less than two weeks. Will you be there?

An exhausted rifleman of GR 736 takes a short break just after first light on 6/6/1944. He spent the early morning respo...
12/09/2022

An exhausted rifleman of GR 736 takes a short break just after first light on 6/6/1944. He spent the early morning responding to reports of paratroopers being dropped nearby. He does not yet know that the day will bring even bigger challenges.

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